FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 23, 2009
City awarded state stimulus funding for victims assistance
The City of Kansas City, Mo., City Prosecutor’s Domestic Violence/Child Abuse Victims Assistance Program is pleased to announce the receipt of $190,371 in stimulus funding that will provide for one full-time domestic violence prosecutor and one victim advocate.
The award was allocated through the Missouri Crime Victim Services Unit, Missouri Department of Public Safety through the American Recovery and Reinvestment STOP - Violence Against Women Act and Victims of Crime Act.
“The safety of crime victims is first and foremost the Domestic Violence/Child Abuse Victims Assistance Program’s goal along with holding batterers accountable for their actions,” said Marti Means, assistant city prosecutor. “By increasing the prosecutorial staff with the stimulus funding, it will ensure that crime victims’ needs are supported and address our City’s goal of decreasing family violence and child abuse.”
The new domestic violence prosecutor will assist in the prosecution of the 13,500 domestic violence and child abuse case settings in the City’s Municipal Court. The victim specialist court advocate will provide assistance for the current child advocate and work with adult crime victims in underserved populations, including persons with disabilities, elderly, LGBT community and individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds to make sure everyone has the support and opportunity to appear in court.
The role of victim assistance in providing a net of support, protection and information to domestic violence and child abuse victims before, during and after court is extremely important, not only because this is a time of crisis for victims, but also because it provides the victims with increased awareness of the problem and the resources to take action.
Both grants come from the Missouri Department of Public Safety, which received these funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and through the Missouri General Assembly’s appropriations through House Bill 21.
For more information, contact Marti Means, City Prosecutor’s Office, at (816) 513-3806.